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Euronews: AT&T Goes on the Prowl

Paul Rainford

AT&T Inc., Nokia Corp., Ericsson AB and Iliad proffer something for the weekend in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • AT&T is becoming increasingly interested in potential M&A action in Europe, according to this report on Bloomberg. According to one source, the U.S. giant approached the Spanish government to float the idea of it buying nearly a third of Telefónica SA, and is also considering various Vodafone-owned assets. (See Euronews: Did AT&T Prep Telefónica Bid?)

  • Is Nokia's share price less than it should be? That, suggests this report on Reuters, is the question being asked by investors in the light of recent takeover and/or merger speculation surrounding the handsets giant. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. have both been cited as having designs on Nokia in recent weeks. (See Euronews: Does Huawei Have Designs on Nokia? and Nokia Poll: Microsoft Merger Expected.)

  • Ericsson says its inhouse-developed Diameter Signaling Controller is the key technology enabling Swisscom AG to offer LTE roaming services to its jet-set customers. (See Euronews: Swisscom Boasts LTE Roaming.)

  • Not content with putting the cat among the pigeons in the French mobile market with his cut-price Free Mobile brand, Iliad founder Xavier Niel now has his eye on Belgian possibilities, reports Telecompaper (subscription required), citing Trends-Tondance. Specifically, Niel said he would be interested in buying KPN Telecom NV's BASE or Orange's Mobistar SA, if they were available. Sadly for Niel, they're not. (See Euronews: Iliad Gets the All-Clear on Free Mobile and Iliad Disrupts the French Mobile Scene.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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